What does the idea of “home” mean to you?
I have learned that home, surprisingly, can mean so many different things to different people. But for me, it symbolizes comfort and peace from opposing external forces. Put simply, I define it as state of being where your mind and spirit are one while summing up a desired outlook to focus my energy in the things that matter most. It’s not a static place, yet a feeling you carry with you.
What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started out?
To never doubt my abilities. That everyone has their own unique path and story to share. Be patient, enjoy the process, and everything will be OK.
What have been some unconventional sources from which you’ve drawn inspiration?
I grew up as a very active kid. Learning to plat the drums and break-dance played a big role in my formative years and it’s the rhythm, motion and the understanding of full body movement from those outlets that heavily influenced my approach to art-making. Truth be told, I still play music and dance by myself in the studio until I am dripping in sweat, and I see my painting style as another form of dance or way to make music.
Since moving to San Francisco, I have taken up cycling and take it pretty seriously. I feel the simplicity of riding a bike, especially for long distances, is very meditative and teaches me to keep pushing, even when it hurts.
Besides that, I watch a lot of Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures about the universe and the cosmos and it always seems to get my creative juices flowing.